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Herbert Smith Freehills

About us

Deals and mergers. Arbitration and advocacy. Litigation and disputes. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world's leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

We’re truly global. We’re market-leaders with 2,900 lawyers in 26 offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA – making us the eighth biggest law firm in the world. Working across borders is a key part of our philosophy. And, thanks to the quality of our international network, we’re able to offer our clients both domestic and cross-border services, meaning you’ll get the opportunity to do truly global work.

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as different types of commercial organisations. Our dispute resolution practice is number one in the UK, Asia and Australia, and includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit – meaning we can offer a complete litigation service and realistic alternative to the bar. And that’s not all. Our other practice areas include finance, competition, regulation and trade and real estate and employment, as well as specialist areas like intellectual property and tax. Plus we lead the market in corporate. Herbert Smith Freehills prides itself on being a world class law firm that brings together the best people to achieve the best results for clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a place where you don’t have to choose between global exposure and supportive teams. Between technical excellence and a client led approach. Between pushing yourself and leading the way. So if you’ve got the drive to make the most of the opportunities on offer, plus the ambition to become a brilliant lawyer, don’t compromise. Be a part of everything at Herbert Smith Freehills.


We offer students in their first year of study a range of opportunities, both on campus and in our London office. There are two ways that you can be a part of Herbert Smith Freehills in your first year. You can apply to attend one of our first-year workshops and you can also become one of our campus managers. We also run the Roger Leyland Memorial Excel scholarship for exceptional BAME students. For penultimate and final year students, we offer Spring, Summer and Winter vacation schemes in our London and international offices. You may decide to apply directly for a training contract from your penultimate year of study.

How to apply

The first step is to complete a simple online form. We’ll need to know about your academics, language skills, work experience and some details about what you do in your spare time.
We do not have a UCAS point (or equivalent) requirement. We do expect people to have or to be on track to get a 2:1 degree, or a comparable qualification.

It’s not all about academia. We also want to know about your extra-curricular activities and interests and work experience. We are looking for well-rounded individuals. We take account of mitigating circumstances, where appropriate, when assessing your application form - for example in relation to academic performance. If you reach the benchmark on our online verbal reasoning test and impress on your application form, you’ll be invited in for an assessment centre to meet a number of partners who will assess your suitability for a vacation scheme or training contract. Take a look on the HSF graduates website for more information on how to apply as well as hints and tips: .

Connect with Herbert Smith Freehills

Telephone number: 
+44 20 7374 8000